Scripture: Numbers 23:11 Then (the ruler) Balak said to (the prophet) Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but now you have done nothing but bless them.” 12 Balaam answered, “Must I not take care to say what the Lord puts into my mouth?”
Observation: Balak, king of the Moabites, was afraid of the people Israel because God appeared to be on their side in battle. So he sent for the prophet Balaam to put a curse on Israel. However, rather than cursing them, Balaam blessed them saying, “Must I not take care to say what the Lord puts into my mouth?” As a result, King Balak was not a happy camper.
Application: I wouldn’t expect God to condone Balak’s attempt to curse the Israelites, but there is a principle here worth mentioning. God often doesn’t conform to our wishes, which can be frustrating. I can think of many times when I’ve asked God to act in a particular way, but been disappointed. This is particularly difficult when my request seems like such a no-brainer, such as prayers for healing or peace or reconciliation. I suppose when my requests of God appear to go unanswered I simply must trust that, despite my disappointment, the matter is in God’s hands.
Prayer: Lord you are sovereign and we are not. You are Creator, we are creation. Give us grace to make our requests made known to you, then trust you for the outcome – whatever that might be. Minister to those of us today who struggle with disappointment and loss. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.